The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has stated that all buildings without approval from the appropriate authorities in the territory is criminal.
Director, Development Control Department, of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Murktar Galadima, stated this over the weekend after clearing off shanties and unapproved structures at Pewoyi, Tundun Wada, near peace village in Lugbe.
He said structures built against the master plan will not be allowed to stand.
He said such structures, if allowed, would be hideout for criminals as well as affect the original master plan.
He said: “The demolition is an ongoing exercise. This recent one in Pewoyi and Lugbe is the continuation of demolition of illegal structures. Those structures removed are unapproved, and we are advising people to desist from unproven construction.
“Development without approval is criminal. When you built and people don’t occupy, you built a hideout for criminals. That is why we have to enforce our standards, rules and regulations,” he said.
However, On the demolition in Lokogoma, Galadima stated that the exercise was informed by the need to clear all structures on water ways and widen the channels to pave way for free flow of water.
Galadima stated that if the illegal structures are not well cleared, they will aid flooding.
He called on the residents to cooperate with officials of the development control to fast track the exercise in progress.
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